2018 CHAN: Stubborn Rwanda Hold Unlucky Home Eagles

2018 CHAN: Stubborn Rwanda Hold Unlucky Home Eagles

By James Agberebi: The home-based Super Eagles were forced to a 0-0 draw by Rwanda in the second game of Group C in the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Tangier, Morocco.
Despite dominating the game and creating most of the better opportunities, the Eagles failed to score, hitting the post several times.The Eagles should have taken the lead on nine minutes through Sunday Faleye who was unfortunate to see his header hit the cross bar off a superb cross from Emeka Ogbugh.

Faleye went close again on 20 minutes after he was played through on goal by Rabiu Ali but Rwandan keeper Eric Ndayishimiye quickly came off his line to stop his effort from going in.

The Eagles continued to create the better opportunities and were almost rewarded in the 21st minute but Anthony Okpotu saw his header go just over the bar after the Rwandan keeper’s failure to claim a long throw.

In the 26th minute, Rwanda had their first attempt on goal but goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in the right position to stop a goal bound shot.

On 34 minutes, the Eagles were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after a foul on Faleye but Osas Okoro’s effort was blocked by the Rwandan defensive wall.

Stephen Eze went close on 37 minutes after connecting with a header from Daniel Itodo’s long throw.

A minute later, Ali should have scored from close range after Rwanda keeper poorly punched Okoro’s cross but the Kano Pillars midfielder hit his left-foot strike just over the bar.

Ali went close again in the 42nd minute but saw his long range shot hit the cross bar.

In the 51st minute, Rwanda went close following a dangerous ball across the Eagles box which went away from danger.

Eze thought he had opened the scoring in the 58th minute for the Eagles but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Rwanda ventured forward in the 62nd minute but Kalu Orji made a timely clearance to avert the danger.

With 12 minutes left, substitute Mustapha Ibrahim saw his header from a corner hit the post before the rebound was cleared by the Rwandan defenders.

In the 87th minute, Ali attempted a left-foot strike in front of the Rwandan box which went wide.

The Eagles’ next game is on Friday, 19 January against Group C leaders Libya who thrashed Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the first game of the group.


  • Mykel 1 year ago

    They should sack salisu Yusuf, he is a bad coach and I still don’t know how okpotu became the highest goal scorer in the league

  • ako amadi 1 year ago

    If these CHAN Eagles we saw tonight are the best home-based players in a Nigeria of 180 million inhabitants, then the NPFL (local league) must be a disgrace. I am surprised that people have been clamouring for some of these boys to be included in the Super Eagles squad for the World Cup in Russia. That must be a joke. How could the writer of this piece describe them as “unlucky?” The CHAN Eagles lacked basic football skills and knowledge. One wonders at the quality of the coaching crew as well. This has been a night of shame!

  • PapaFem 1 year ago

    I’ve always said it. Our local coaches are headless. The same problem noticed at WAFU is rearing its ugly head again. Why would a team create so much chances and waisted all as if there was nothing at stake ? This is also common to any team dominated by local-based players. Siasia 2009 U-20 team to Egypt was a typical example. Our CHAN team in 2014 was another example. Then this team. Woodwork upon woodwork. An open-net miss by Faleye and Ali. So shameful. It shows there’s something fundamentally wrong with the coaching, but at the club and national team levels. Thunder fire whoever says these guys should be invited to the SE. And the coach was just there, gnashing his teeth like the inmates of hell fire. No wonder our clubs falter in Caf competitions

  • Dr christo 1 year ago

    My brother I did not watch the match Buh from your comments is obvious this boys failed us woefully…. I was looking at livesscores I began to wonder how on earth will Nigeria draw Rwanda is a shame to the players and the crew members, I was disappointed to see that score line

  • ovoke ogheneovo 1 year ago

    I was not opportuned to watch the game which I eagerly looked forward to. my eargerness was because a lot have been said about the team’s high spirit and readiness to dominate. But the result of the match and comments from fans, has shown that not much has changed in that team since their woeful loss to Ghana in the WAFU cup finals.

  • The comments are true. I have watched all the matches so far played on SuperSport select. This is the 1st match and it was not encouraging at all because countries like Zambia, Morroco, Ivory Coast, Libya will beat us if we should play like the vs Rwanda match. As it stands other countries will lower their ratings of us and see themselves as having a go at us. Meanwhile, I will caution the Nigerian fans to remember this: Nigerians will always remain Nigerians!!!!! Don’t quickly write off the Eagles. We are rugged people and we hate being messed up. Rwanda seems to have messed us up. We will react. Vs Rwanda was a barren draw. Two more matches to qualify to the knock out stage right? The Eagles don’t need a draw again. So watch out what the Nigerian ruggedness will do. Let us still trust that these are the best frim the league and we will go far up to the finals. Never underestimate the Nigerian spirit of fighting rough and hard when cornered.